Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Amanda and Elyot short their code to stop arguing to?

2. What time is it at the top of Act II?

3. What is the name of the man who used to love and admire Amanda?

4. What does Elyot angrily say that Amanda lacks?

5. At the end of Act II, what happens during the fight over the gramophone?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

2. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

3. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

4. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

5. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

6. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

7. Why are Amanda and Elyot reluctant to discuss another marriage?

8. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

9. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

10. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elyot tells Victor that there is no point in fighting each other, as it never solves anything. However, Elyot and Amanda had, just the night before, fought each other violently. Why does Elyot believe that fighting Victor is pointless, but still fights with Amanda? For example, is it a matter of respect, love, or cowardice? Cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Amanda and Elyot speak about how they used to slap each other around, culminating in a knock-down, drag-out fight at the end of Act II. What is the point of the physical violence in this play? Could the play have existed without the final fight at the end of Act II? What does it show about the characters?

Essay Topic 3

Amanda and Elyot have a deep, involved history of being passionately in love and being just as violently hateful toward each other.

1) Compare and contrast the relationship between Amanda and Elyot versus their relationships with Victor and Sibyl. Discuss the similarities and differences using specific examples from the script.

2) How do you believe the new marriages would have worked out had Elyot and Amanda not run away together? Specifically, would Elyot and Amanda have been able to reconcile their "private lives" to their new spouses?

3) In your opinion, should Elyot and Amanda ever again attempt to stay together? Support your arguments with specific examples from the script.

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